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Bussing Through the Pandemic

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Local public transportation has been as affected by the pandemic as the long distance transportation industry.  In our state, we’re talking about municipal bus service.  That service in the Midlands was just starting a re-evaluation of its service plan when the viral disruption hit in the spring.  What have they learned?

Mike Switzer interviews John Andoh, executive director and CEO of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.